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More Criticism for Brown's Realignment Program

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Republican Assemblyman Jim Nielsen says some sex offenders who served their sentences, then violated parole with non-sex offenses, are out on the streets and wouldn't have been before.

Nielsen: "Because there was no room at the inn, they were released back to the community.  That's already happened.  Sex offenders."

But Oscar Hidalgo with the state Department of Corrections says there's nothing to suggest any offender would have a different fate before realignment began.

Hidalgo: "Realignment is no different, really, in terms of those offenders can reoffend, may reoffend and likely will - just like they did prior to October 1."

Meantime, some big city mayors are demanding the state reimburse their police departments for realignment-related costs.  But the governor's press secretary calls it "strange" that mayors "sat out" the realignment debate and only asked for funding after the program began.

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